August 15, 2005

Mentoring black boys in Chicago

Young Minds Magazine: This mag from the United Kingdom has a great report on the "Michelle Clark Middle School on Chicago's west side, where a new youth mentoring scheme run by 100 Black Men of America is endeavouring to help black boys at risk of being sidelined within special education to stay instead within mainstream schooling." 100 Black Men of America, is a 32 year old national organisation with a membership of over 10,000 spread across 86 chapters in the US and abroad. These men volunteer to work "with individual schools, many of them battling against almost insuperable odds, to try to reverse the downhill trajectory of boys identified as being at risk. They set themselves the task of working preventively with black boys identified by their schools as heading towards special education."

Read this to be inspired about the heights of some men's motivation, and the impact in boy's lives that results.

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